St Marks Anglican Church - Ministry


The Reverend Randy Murray, St Marks Anglican Church The Reverend Randy Murray
Father Randy was born in Halifax and raised in Massachusetts. His original B.A. was in European History at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts in 1979. He attended Trinity College of the University of Toronto for his M.Div. in 1995. Fr Randy has lived in the United States, Canada and Sweden. He is an advocate of monastic and contemplative spirituality. In line with this belief, he is an associate of The Order of Julian of Norwich, a contemplative religious order of men and women located in Waukesha, Wisconsin Fr Randy is a skilled preacher and liturgist with strong interests in music, Centering Prayer, pastoral care and walking with those who have little or no church background. Previous experience includes being the incumbent at Church of the Advent (Toronto), Parish of New Carlisle (Quebec) and Archdeacon of Gaspé Deanery (Quebec). Fr Randy initiated a “Talk To A Priest” ministry in downtown Toronto where he listened to stories of passer-bys from all walks of life. He has encouraged the innate spirituality of children using the Godly Play (Montessori) approach to Christian education and sponsored a summer children’s art camp at St Mark’s. Fr Randy preaches extemporaneously, reads music and has interests in the Arts and Theatre. He is available at



The Reverend Canon Graham Cotter, St Mark's Angligan Church

The Reverend Canon Graham Cotter

Graham Cotter was born in Jamaica, West Indies. He studied at the University of Toronto where he obtained his Ph.D. in English; Trinity College, for Divinity; and the Center For Theology & Natural Sciences — Department of Religion & The Arts at G.T.U. in Berkeley, California. Graham Cotter began writing, directing and producing liturgical dramas while serving at St Mark’s, Parkdale, and at St Cuthbert’s, Leaside, in Toronto; in the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and in the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, California. In Leaside, and later in retirement at St Mark’s, Port Hope, he produced and directed the seven dramas which are found in his book “The Mysteries at St Cuthbert’s,” 1985, and the four dramas and two other dramatic adaptations found in the book “The Cup of Blessing,” 1998. In 1994, he established the Sacred Arts Trust within the Anglican Foundation. The Sacred Arts Trust invites applications for funding from: visual and textile artists, actors, dancers, students, musicians, clergy, laity, drama and dance groups, study and training courses. He has been honorary Assistant Priest at St Mark’s Port Hope since 1988, and also authors a weekly Faith and Science letter, available at



The Reverend Dr Patrick Gray, St Marks Anglican Church The Reverend Dr Patrick Gray

Born in Toronto, raised in Markham, educated at U. of T. and Yale, Patrick had a day job for most of his life as a professor of religious studies and theology, holding posts at U. of T. (Trinity College), McMaster, and York. He has published arcane works on fifth- and sixth-century subjects. At the same time, having been ordained a priest in the Anglican Church, he was once a curate, and has thereafter been an honorary assistant in various parishes, each of which he came to love. Currently he is honorary assistant at St Mark’s.  He and his wife Cathy have seven children between them, and grandchildren beyond all count. Along the way Patrick has lived in and sometimes wasted excessive amounts of money on interesting houses, engaged with some wonderful gardens, enjoyed making wine of wildly different qualities (and from wildly different substances), spent happy times at cottages on various lakes, savoured much wonderful music both ecclesiastical and secular, done a bit of oil-painting (one of his paintings is on the cover of This Grace of Light, his first published book of poetry) He leads the “Tea and Theology” book discussion group at St Mark’s.



The Reverend Canon Ann M Smith, St Marks Anglican Church The Reverend Canon Ann M Smith

Ann was born in Niagara Diocese, raised in Toronto. Following Grade 13 at St. Mildred’s College, she attended Teacher’s College and taught for two years in St. Philip’s Indian Residential School in Fort George, Quebec. She graduated from Trinity College, University of Toronto in 1969 with an Honour B.A. in Music. She returned to teaching in the Elementary School system in Etobicoke as a classroom teacher, a Music teacher and then a Music Consultant. Throughout that time, she also served as organist and choir director in a number of Anglican churches. In 1989 she returned to Trinity College, this time to study Theology, a lifelong dream. She graduated and was ordained in 1991. She was the Assistant Curate at St. Timothy’s, Agincourt, and served as Incumbent at St. Thomas, Brooklin and St. Francis of Assisi, Mississauga. Retiring in 2011, she bought a home in Port Hope and joined the congregation. Since retirement she has been kept busy with various Interim Ministries, but when available enjoys singing in the choir at St. Mark’s and assisting as an Honourary.


A listing of St Mark’s Parish Officers, Staff, and Lay Ministry Teams can be found here.